by David Koon
FIRST EVER 10TH ANNUAL WORLD'S SHORTEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
6 p.m. Downtown Hot Springs. Free.
For all its cheeseball, tourist-trap attractions, I like Hot Springs a lot — that city built on horse racing and the idea that bathing in and drinking really hot water will fix anything from impotence to kidney stones.
Like the other jewel in Arkansas's quack medicine crown, Eureka Springs, Hot Springs seems to relish not taking itself all that seriously these days. Case in point: the Spa City's yearly "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade," which traverses exactly 98 feet along Bridge Street, and yet draws thousands of revelers.
That's, like, a kazillion gallons of green beer per foot. Another oddity this year: dual, in-a-relationship Grand Marshals (or should that be Marshals Grand?) Bo Derek and John Corbett, both of whom have previously presided individually over the parade. Always a good time.